Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. AceGamez
    70
    Like most tie-ins to anime franchises, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 should only be considered by fans of the series - and those who have delved deep into Naruto lore will marvel at the fan service and attention to detail lavished upon this most recent release from Namco Bandai.
  2. It's decent fun, but this Ninja needs to learn some new tricks.
  3. Games Master UK
    55
    A great addition to the Naruto series if not so much the world of games. [Nov 2008, p.84]
  4. The crazy, flashy fights are still as addictive as ever, and all of the little changes and improvements do ultimately render the previous installment obsolete by comparison.
  5. Another Naruto game brings us the possibility to enjoy a title launched on Japan a few years before. Without arriving to the Shippudden new Storyline, it packs 40 fighters in the well known 1vs1 combat, similar to its predecessors. Not a lot of surprises for Naruto fans, but a title that can enterteain either newbies or experts on the ninja franchise. Give it a try if you show a minimum interest for the Masashi Kishimoto character.
  6. I'm not going to say that Ultimate Ninja 3 has the best gameplay of any of the Naruto games. But what I will say is that Ultimate Ninja 3 is the best all around Naruto game to date.
  7. Play UK
    65
    It's certainly one of the better Naruto games for any of Sony's consoles. [Issue#172, p.89]
  8. Naruto is essentially fun, manages to offer some fulfillment, but there is little else to keep players interested after a few hours.

Awards & Rankings

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#15 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2008
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#33 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2008
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 12, 2016
    10
    Awesome.
    Seriously;The Fights and the Story mode are perfect.
    Have so many characters including **** etc. And have that bonus Story mode,i
    Awesome.
    Seriously;The Fights and the Story mode are perfect.
    Have so many characters including **** etc.
    And have that bonus Story mode,i think this one got an OVA,or was the contrariwise,or Both...
    This is probably the best Naruto Game ever.
    AND THE GRAPHICS,THE SHOP,THE OPEN WORLD ARE SO FREAKIN' COOL.
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  2. Aug 27, 2016
    8
    Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is a fighting video game, based on the popular manga and anime series Naruto developed by CyberConnect2 and publishedNaruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is a fighting video game, based on the popular manga and anime series Naruto developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Namco Bandai.

    + Fun Gameplay
    + Hero Story
    + Character Roster
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  3. Jul 11, 2016
    8
    While it features a rather simple combat system when compared to titles such as Street Fighter, Ultimate Ninja 3 is still very good at it.While it features a rather simple combat system when compared to titles such as Street Fighter, Ultimate Ninja 3 is still very good at it. With over 40 characters to play upon unlocking all of them, there are endless possibilities. Besides combat, there are two "story modes". One of them sums up the story of Part I, featuring its main fights, the other one featuring an original storyline, which I think is the weakest point of the game. While Ultimate Ninja 2 even had its own arc about a cursed seal, its successor has a simple story about a competition involving crystals. It still had some interesting fights, though. After all, Ultimate Ninja 3 manages to be a great fighting game. Full Review »